Change Agents Change Narratives 914UNITED Inc.

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OUR MISSION

914UNITED Inc. emerged in 2020 to serve on the forefront of advocating for the youth and the formlery incarcerated residing within the Lower-Hudson Valley. We champion the philosophy that it takes a village to raise a child and a team to achieve success. In this spirit, we deliver a team of seasoned role models whose genuine dedication and community value lies in supporting and mentoring those living within at-risk environments. Our aim is to assist youth in successfully transitioning into adulthood and provide returning citizens with essential support to sustain productive living.

OUR MISSION

914United Inc. is a program-based mentoring non-for-profit organization working to educate, empower, and enrich the youth and the justice-involved within the Lower-Hudson Valley. We champion the philosophy that it takes a village to raise a child and a team to achieve success. In this spirit, we deliver a team of ``Real Model`` and Reentry Mentors whose dedication and community value lies in supporting and uplifting those impacted by socio-economic inequities. Our aim is to assist youth in successfully transitioning into adulthood and provide returning citizens with essential support to sustain productive living.

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OUR WORK, OUR VISION

914United Inc. presents the Leaders Build Leaders Initiative. This initiative includes interactive, seminar-based programs such as manhood training, financial literacy, civic engagement, & women empowerment. As an incentive, it provides internships in various professions as well as gift sponsorships from local establishments and community organizations--proffering committed participants free services to personal care, entertainment, adventures, and more. In addition, we have a team of Reentry Mentors - who returned from incarceration leading to successful lives - dedicated to providing guidance to the Justice-involved. We envision a society where positive mentors offset negative environmental influences; where the underprivileged communities receive the institutional and community support in navigating life challenges; where retributive justice no longer exist.

OUR VALUES

Inspired by the belief that we must help one another, we value the role of community support in uplifting those in need. No greater value exists than caring for the less fortunate. It is with the mindset of WE that build communities and improve the welfare of the people.

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PAST ACTIVITES

GOING BEYOND OUR MISSION

  • STAND AGAINST SYSTEMIC RACISM

    STAND AGAINST SYSTEMIC RACISM

    Our team supports the fight against systemic racism and police brutality. We stand in solidarity with the young leaders who rise up and contest the…

    • Goal: $
  • CARE FOR THE HOMELESSNESS

    CARE FOR THE HOMELESSNESS

    During the COVID-19 crisis, our team organized an homeless outreach project in the City of Yonkers. With the support of family, friends, residence, and public…

    • Goal: $5000 12.00%
  • SUPPORT THOSE IMPACTED BY COVID-19

    SUPPORT THOSE IMPACTED BY COVID-19

    Our team raised money to extend support and appreciation to the essential workers serving on the front-line of the COVID-19 pandemic. Since the onset of…

    • Goal: $5000 0.00%

THE CO-FOUNDER & DIRECTOR

PROFESSIONAL & PASSIONATE

A dedicated community servant, Jonathan Alvarez is a Youth Advocate and Community Activist in the City of Yonkers. He’s a 32-year-old life-long Yonkers resident who promotes the philosophy that change agents, change narratives. After serving a 13-year prison term, he returned home with a mission to give back to the same community he once negatively impacted. He is motivated by his transformative experiences within the criminal justice system. At age 17, he went away with a tenth-grade education. During his incarceration, however, he acquired a GED and later achieved a Bachelor of Arts in Social Studies from the Bard Prison Initiative program. His educational journey and personal metamorphosis have inspired him to be a productive contribution to society.

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THE CO-FOUNDER & Asst. Director

DEDICATED & DETERMINED

John Cabrera is a life-long Yonkers resident who cares for community and for those in need. His drive to serve others stems from an understanding of family support. During his adolescent years, he nearly spiraled down the wrong path by flirting with the street life and consequently experiencing a overnight stay at the city jail for a low-level crime. But friends and family steered him in the right direction. He completed High School and moved on to study Business Management at Monroe College and then transitioned into Mechanical Engineering at Manhattan College. Due to the birth of his first child, John had to leave school to take care of his family. His crutch during this pivotal moment - beside family - was the church. It was at this time that he adopted the Christian faith more devotedly than ever and experienced the true meaning of giving back. He volunteered his time in the capacity of Young Adult and Outreach Leader at Harvest Fields Community Church, conducting community outreach to the youth and the homelessness.

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Our Partnerships Drive Our Success

Youth Development Initiative

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WANT TO SUPPORT OUR MOVEMENT

We are always looking for new partnerships and better ways to advance our mission. Also, we love to say hello.
Thank you @yonkersyouthbureau for inviting us to y Thank you @yonkersyouthbureau for inviting us to your board meeting and allowing us to share what 914United is about. We look forward to building a long lasting relationship with you and coming together to better serve our community.
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Shout out to @dwanita_crosby for your support! Your recognition is what brought us to this amazing table of leaders! 
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Let’s get to work!
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#914united #yonkersny #westchesternonprofit #nonprofit #yonkers #leadership

Thank you @yonkersyouthbureau for inviting us to your board meeting and allowing us to share what 914United is about. We look forward to building a long lasting relationship with you and coming together to better serve our community.
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Shout out to @dwanita_crosby for your support! Your recognition is what brought us to this amazing table of leaders!
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Let’s get to work!
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#914united #yonkersny #westchesternonprofit #nonprofit #yonkers #leadership
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On 10-15-21, 914United celebrated what they call “The Freedom Dinner” - a black tie affair in honor of our Co-founder & Executive Director Jonathan Alvarez’s 3rd year anniversary of being a free person 🥳🥂🥳🥂
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Jonathan has served a 15-year prison sentence from the age of 17 to 30 - and returned home on 10-15-18 and has crossed many milestones since then.
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The Freedom Dinner speaks not only to his post-release successes but to the continuous growth and progress of 914United, his team and close ones who supported his vision throughout the process. 
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This celebration will be the first of many more.
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Next year on 10-15-22, we would be launching the “Freedom Gala” to assemble public officials, community members, nonprofit leaders, & local entrepreneurs to celebrate the formerly incarcerated who are successfully leading professional and entrepreneurial roles in their communities - the many men and women who served time and have rebranded the meaning of life after prison. All too often the narrative associated with returning citizens have negative meaning and do not tell the whole story. 
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The Freedom Gala will challenge that narrative and elevate the successful Reentry stories that most do not hear about. 
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914United will work to make this an annual event - and ultimately a holiday called Freedom Day. 
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Cheers to our Co-founder and many individuals who share a similar story!
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Huge Shout out to our video creator: @andrecre8369 ! Thank you for your creative work - this video captured every amazing moment!
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#freedom #dinner #freedomdinner #914freedomdinner #gala #914United #freedomday #successful #formerlyincarcerated #Lifeafterprison #celebration #blacktie #affair #greatvibes #changeagents #changenarratives #realmodels #reentrymentors

On 10-15-21, 914United celebrated what they call “The Freedom Dinner” - a black tie affair in honor of our Co-founder & Executive Director Jonathan Alvarez’s 3rd year anniversary of being a free person 🥳🥂🥳🥂

Jonathan has served a 15-year prison sentence from the age of 17 to 30 - and returned home on 10-15-18 and has crossed many milestones since then.

The Freedom Dinner speaks not only to his post-release successes but to the continuous growth and progress of 914United, his team and close ones who supported his vision throughout the process.

This celebration will be the first of many more.

Next year on 10-15-22, we would be launching the “Freedom Gala” to assemble public officials, community members, nonprofit leaders, & local entrepreneurs to celebrate the formerly incarcerated who are successfully leading professional and entrepreneurial roles in their communities - the many men and women who served time and have rebranded the meaning of life after prison. All too often the narrative associated with returning citizens have negative meaning and do not tell the whole story.

The Freedom Gala will challenge that narrative and elevate the successful Reentry stories that most do not hear about.

914United will work to make this an annual event - and ultimately a holiday called Freedom Day.

Cheers to our Co-founder and many individuals who share a similar story!

Huge Shout out to our video creator: @andrecre8369 ! Thank you for your creative work - this video captured every amazing moment!
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#freedom #dinner #freedomdinner #914freedomdinner #gala #914United #freedomday #successful #formerlyincarcerated #Lifeafterprison #celebration #blacktie #affair #greatvibes #changeagents #changenarratives #realmodels #reentrymentors
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‼️‼️ REGISTRATION FOR THE NEXT Tech Skills ‼️‼️ REGISTRATION FOR THE NEXT Tech Skills for Success classes (TSS) ARE NOW OPEN ‼️‼️ 
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Next class will begin 11/13/2021. Limited seats are available.
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Details:

This program provides technology education to help participants better navigate the increasingly digital world while also equipping them with the computer skills necessary for employment and everyday life. The current cohort at 914United provides a small group setting, serving a group with fifteen hours of education on the Google platform including project-based work that applies to real work scenarios.  The program also focuses on understanding computer basics, using word processing software, navigating the internet, using search engines and email, operating hardware and devices, staying safe online, and learning the benefits of mobile technology such as smartphones and tablets.  Participants also leave the program with access to an independent online learning portal for Microsoft platform certifications, a free laptop and 1 year of free wifi! 
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Thank you Amy Kramer, President, AT&T New, Margaret Käufer, President of The STEM Alliance for joining us in celebrating the first graduating cohort. Also thank you Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins (@andreastewartcousins) and Assemblyman Steve Otis (@steveotis91), who joined to celebrate as well! Looking forward to the continued partnership with @thestemalliance & @att !!

‼️‼️ REGISTRATION FOR THE NEXT Tech Skills for Success classes (TSS) ARE NOW OPEN ‼️‼️
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Next class will begin 11/13/2021. Limited seats are available.
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Details:

This program provides technology education to help participants better navigate the increasingly digital world while also equipping them with the computer skills necessary for employment and everyday life. The current cohort at 914United provides a small group setting, serving a group with fifteen hours of education on the Google platform including project-based work that applies to real work scenarios. The program also focuses on understanding computer basics, using word processing software, navigating the internet, using search engines and email, operating hardware and devices, staying safe online, and learning the benefits of mobile technology such as smartphones and tablets. Participants also leave the program with access to an independent online learning portal for Microsoft platform certifications, a free laptop and 1 year of free wifi!
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Thank you Amy Kramer, President, AT&T New, Margaret Käufer, President of The STEM Alliance for joining us in celebrating the first graduating cohort. Also thank you Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins (@andreastewartcousins) and Assemblyman Steve Otis (@steveotis91), who joined to celebrate as well! Looking forward to the continued partnership with @thestemalliance & @att !!
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